Kim Booth MP 
Greens Leader

Member for Bass

 
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Aboriginal Affairs | Energy | Forestry | Mining | Police & Emergency Services | Primary Industries & Water | Racing | Treasury
 
ABOUT KIM
Former sawmill business operator, Kim Booth is our MP in Bass. 
 
He is a strong advocate for equitable access to education and healthcare. Kim is also committed to Tasmania retaining our clean air, that the marine environment is free of toxic effluent.
 
Coming from a sawmilling background means that Kim Booth knows how to create more jobs with less logs: demonstrated by his radial sawmill proposal for Scottsdale, and his recent local sawmilling trials utilising logs categorised by Forestry Tasmania as only fit for export. 
 
Kim Booth is the only member in Bass who voted in Parliament against the toxic and controversial Gunns Ltd pulp mill proposal for Bell Bay. 
 
 

GET IN CONTACT

Bass Electorate Office
Level1, Henty House, Civic Square

LAUNCESTON 7250
ph: 03 6324 2040
greensnorth@parliament.tas.gov.au

 

State Budget Crisis Furphy

 

State Budget Papers Reveal No Short Term Crisis as Liberals Claimed 

The State Budget papers expose the fact that the Liberals concocted an apparent immediate budgetary crisis which they then promised to fix with populist pork-barrelling, knowing they’d use the public sector to fund these promises, while failing to address issues of long term structural reform, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“The lie of there being such an urgent financial crisis is proven by the Treasurer’s own budget papers which state that the economy is forecast to grow by 1.5 per cent in 2014-15, ‘the same rate as expected in 2013-14’,” Mr Booth said. [1]

State Budget: Public Sector Pays

 

Initial State Budget Response:- Three Months Delay for This?

 
The first Hodgman Liberal state budget targets the public sector and the public purse, while failing to deliver any plan for the necessary long-term structural reform of the state’s finances, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Tasmanians waited three months for this? The Liberals’ dismal first effort confirms fears that the state’s public sector workers will be paying for the Liberals’ spend-up big election promises,” Mr Booth said.

Public Sector Wage Freeze

 

Liberals Have no Modelling on Public Sector Salary Freeze Impact on Economy 

The Hodgman Liberal regime is recklessly proceeding with its public sector wage freeze without having secured any modelling on potential impacts on the economy, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“A range of commentators have raised concerns about the potential slow down of expenditure which could be the flow on effect of Tasmania’s public sector wage freeze,” Mr Booth said.

Undemocratic Shenanigans over Forestry Bill

Liberals Attempt to Gag Assembly Debate on 'Wreck Forest Future' Bill 

The Hodgman government’s arrogance and contempt for proper democratic and parliamentary process is spiralling out of control, with the latest example being the Liberals’ failed attempt to ram through the House of Assembly the heavily amended Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Bill 2014.

“The Hodgman regime is trying to degrade the Tasmanian Parliament to a mere rubber-stamp,” Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

Forestry Tasmania Still Propped Up

 

Finally! Confirmation FT is Operating Under a Letter of Comfort 

The Tasmanian Greens today secured an admission from the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, that Forestry Tasmania is operating under a Letter of Comfort from the Crown.

“The Greens have asked on numerous occasions over the last few months about ongoing public subsidisation of Forestry Tasmania, and specifically whether the GBE would be provided a letter of comfort to ensure they were not operating insolvent,” Mr Booth said.

Public Sector Cuts

 

No Excuse for Continued Refusal to Detail Public Sector Jobs Losses 

The Hodgman Liberal regime is clearly positioning itself to scapegoat the state’s public sector workers in this week’s State Budget, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Given the range of pre-budget announcements, including both bad news and sweetners, it is unacceptable that the state’s public sector workers have to wait until Thursday before they know how many of them will lose their jobs,” Mr Booth said.

Public Sector Jobs

 

Come Clean on Public Sector Jobs 

PasThe Hodgman government is under fire for continuing to drag out the employment uncertainty for the state’s public sector workers in the lead up to Thursday’s State Budget.

 “Leaving the axe hanging over potentially 1500 public sector jobs in callous and reprehensible,” Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said.

Backyard Egg Producers

Egg Labelling Laws Review Needed 

The Hodgman government must review the Tasmanian Primary Produce Safety (Egg) Regulations and consult with local small egg producers before the new labelling system is brought in, Greens Leader and Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Our back-yard egg producers are warning that the constraints on the number of laying chooks, registration and labelling requirements will drive them out of business,” Mr Booth said.

Mine Contamination Concerns

 

Dundas Mine Breach Raises Serious Waterway Contamination Concerns 

Concerns have been raised that an apparent breach of the safety bund wall of a disused open-cut tin mine on the West Coast could potentially contaminate Trial Harbour with acid mine drainage affected spillage.

“The Greens have received reports of a breach in the safety bund wall of the old Dundas Razorback tin mine site near Zeehan, with potentially acid mine drainage contaminated water spilling towards the Dundas river,” Greens Leader and Mining spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

GE-Free Lost Opportunity

 

Permanent GE-Free Status Opportunity Missed:

As Labor back-flips on Election Commitment

The Tasmanian Greens today sought to amend the government’s Genetically Modified Organisms Control Amendment Bill 2014, to make the current moratorium a permanent ban.

“To give our primary producers long-term investment and market security we need to legislate to make our current GE-free status permanent,” Greens Leader and Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP said.